We believe that health equity is a basic human right, which is why caring for the underserved is a core component of our mission and a promise we intend to keep. As our Honorary First Dean, Dr. Edward Viner, explains, "Health is more than the absence of illness. A community that is well-educated and well-cared for benefits us all." We focus on the community in a variety of ways:
Office of Diversity and Community Affairs -- Jocelyn Mitchell-Williams, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Diversity and Community Affairs, explains that excellence in medical education is best achieved through promoting diversity in its broadest definition and maintaining an academic and work environment free of discrimination. The Office of Diversity and Community Affairs is dedicated to engaging CMSRU students with our community and oversees pipeline programs for children living in underserved urban and rural areas. Please click here for more information.
Service -- All medical school students must complete at least 40 hours of non-medical community service per academic year. The benefit is twofold: service helps our neighbors, and it provides our students with realistic exposure to the social, economic, and cultural influences and barriers facing urban communities. CMSRU students work in schools, homeless shelters, soup kitches, community gardens, churches, and youth athletic programs, demonstrating our commitment to the community and making concepts taught in the classroom more tangible. Please click here for more information.
Ambulatory Clinic (Ambulatory Clerkship) -- A student-run, faculty-supervised clinic for individuals who lack access to health care, the Ambulatory Clinic provides our students’ earliest patient contact: CMSRU students begin seeing patients here during their third week of classes. The Ambulatory Clinic is entirely student directed. Everything from administrative tasks such as making appointments and handling insurance paperwork right through to running the pharmacy and, of course, seeing patients, is managed by students. We feel strongly that exposing students to the many facets of providing medical care is critical to preparing them for the rapidly changing world of healthcare. The Ambulatory Clinic also gives medical students exposure to patients with a variety of socio-economic factors that contribute to their overall health. Students gain the opportunity to give back to the community as they develop skills in diagnosing and treating patients in a way that promotes the holistic health and well-being of our neighbors.
"Community service teaches our students a little bit about medicine and a whole lot about what it means to be a doctor." - Paul Katz, MD, Dean